Clarithromycin Generic

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    Generic for Biaxin
    38 tablets $14.1 USD
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    Generic for Biaxin
    30 tablets $11.1 USD
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    Generic for Biaxin XL
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Do you need a prescription for clarithromycin?

Yes, clarithromycin is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is clarithromycin without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase clarithromycin, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for clarithromycin in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a clarithromycin savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your clarithromycin with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a clarithromycin coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide clarithromycin coupons or FREE clarithromycin samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for clarithromycin in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much clarithromycin?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using clarithromycin. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much clarithromycin. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic clarithromycin?

Generic clarithromycin refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of clarithromycin

Clarithromycin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various bacterial infections.

Active ingredient of clarithromycin

The active ingredient of clarithromycin is clarithromycin.

US brand name of clarithromycin and manufacturer

Clarithromycin is available in the US under various brand names, including Biaxin and Biaxin XL. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

UK brand name of clarithromycin and manufacturer

In the UK, clarithromycin is available under various brand names, including Klaricid and Klaricid XL. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for clarithromycin

A prescription (Rx) is required for clarithromycin in both the US and the UK.

Availability of clarithromycin in the UK with NHS prescription

Clarithromycin is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by clarithromycin

Clarithromycin is used for the treatment of various bacterial infections, including respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, skin and soft tissue infections, and certain types of stomach ulcers. Clarithromycin may also be used in combination with vonoprazan and amoxicillin to treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in adults.

How does clarithromycin work?

Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria or killing them. It does this by interfering with the synthesis of bacterial proteins, thereby preventing the bacteria from multiplying and spreading.

Forms of clarithromycin available

Clarithromycin is available in various forms, including oral tablets, clarithromycin extended-release tablets, granules, and oral suspension.

Dosage of clarithromycin

The dosage of clarithromycin may vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the infection, and other individual factors. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for clarithromycin use

Clarithromycin should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The specific instructions may vary depending on the form of the medication. It is important to complete the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve.

Warnings and precautions for clarithromycin

  • Clarithromycin may have certain risks and potential side effects. It is important to discuss these with a healthcare provider before starting the medication
  • Tell your doctor if you have liver disease (including liver problems), kidney disease, heart disease (coronary artery disease, or heart attack), low blood levels of magnesium or potassium, or myasthenia gravis, before starting treatment
  • This drug passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding

Use of clarithromycin if pregnant or planning pregnancy

The use of clarithromycin during pregnancy should be discussed with a healthcare professional. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects of clarithromycin

Common side effects of clarithromycin may include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and changes in taste. Serious side effects are rare but can occur. Promptly report any concerning symptoms to a healthcare provider.
Get medical help right away if you have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, skin rash, and blistering or peeling of the skin. Promptly report any adverse effects to a healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Clarithromycin may interact with other medications, including warfarin, midazolam, cisapride, diltiazem, verapamil, carbamazepine, colchicine, atazanavir, efavirenz, ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ritonavir, saquinavir, zidovudine, disopyramide, quinidine, statins such as lovastatin, and simvastatin, digoxin, itraconazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, rifabutin, sildenafil, theophylline, tadalafil, other drugs that affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), such as diuretics, amiodarone, pimozide, and sotalol.
It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter medication, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.

Similar drugs to clarithromycin

Other antibiotics from the same class as clarithromycin, such as azithromycin and erythromycin, may be used as alternatives for certain bacterial infections.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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